Norfolk harvest a struggle

Downham Market grower Nick Pratt said harvest was “a mighty struggle at the moment” in Norfolk, with 80ha (200 acres) of winter wheat remaining on his own farm and a similar area on a contract farm in Kings Lynn.

“We haven’t cut any wheat in Kings Lynn at all. It has been a total disaster in August with 146mm rain recorded to date. We have only managed to combine on five different days in the whole month.”

Remaining wheat had started to sprout, with Nijinsky suffering most from the wet weather. “It’s a pity because the yields had been good.”

Cordiale, Robigus and Access had also begun to suffer.

He said lodging had not been as bad as he thought since it was a heavy crop with fairly strong stems. Two fields of Nijinsky had gone down, but he said it was combined before quality was impaired.

Mr Pratt said seed merchants were not greatly concerned for seed shortages in the worsening weather, but were beginning to doubt the quality of remaining crops.

However, he was concerned for his own crops. “We were going to dress up some of our own seed. We will use some of our early cut Dover, but will not be using the Robigus or Access at all.”

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